A frugal cookbook is an awesome asset to help you in the kitchen. I have found an awesome cookbook that helps you eat better and spend less. It is a very comprehensive cookbook that has everything you need to know about frugal living, cooking, running your household, cleaning, and even beauty.
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Dining on a Dime Cookbook by Tawra Kellam and Jill Cooper is the answer to all of your cooking and frugal living questions!
Why They Wrote Dining on a Dime Cookbook
Jill and Tawra are mother and daughter and they “learned to live in difficult financial circumstances at a time in life when money was always in short supply.” So, they learned how to live frugally while still living comfortably and secure. They wanted to write a cookbook with easy to find ingredients, quick and easy recipes, and recipes your family will actually eat.
What’s in the Dining on a Dime Cookbook
In the Dining on a Dime Cookbook, you are going to find more than you ever imagined! There are:
- More than 1200 money saving recipes and tips
- 22 menu plans made using recipes from the book
- Snack ideas for kids
- How to make more than 1 meal from one meat
- How to manage your kitchen, meal prep and food budget
- 15 Chapters
- Funny and inspiring quotes throughout the book, like this one:
The Chapters in the Dining on a Dime Cookbook
Basics of Frugal Cooking – There are 25 pages of frugal cooking tips to help you get started on frugal living. There are tips about meal planning, a pantry shopping list, a freezer guide, and time saving tips, just to name a few.
Beverages – There are 13 pages of beverage tips and recipes. My favorites are 2 pages of smoothie recipe ideas, and also chocolate soda. We have smoothies every Saturday, so I’m always looking for new smoothie recipes. I used to get a chocolate soda for a treat when an elderly neighbor would take my mom and me out to lunch when I was younger, so having one again would bring back pleasant memories.
Breakfast – 15 pages of breakfast tips and recipes. I like the tip about mixing the dry ingredients for pancakes the night before so that in the morning you just have to add the wet ingredients and cook. So, of course, my favorite recipes are for pancakes and waffles.
Breads – 35 pages of bread tips and recipes. We love bread in our house! Having bread with a meal is an inexpensive way to make your meal go further. I like the parmesan bread recipe, cheddar puffs, and pumpkin bread.
Soups & Sandwiches – 19 pages of tips and recipes. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I don’t like soup, but I do like a variety of sandwiches. The pocket sandwiches and French bread pizza recipes really sound like something my whole family would enjoy!
Vegetables, Beans, Pasta & Rice – 33 pages of tips and recipes. Since this is such a comprehensive category of side dish recipes, I found lots of recipes I would like: Flavored vegetable butters, lemon potatoes, sweet potato chips, egg noodles, white sauce, and stuffing mix (mmm, my favorite!). You’re going to love this chapter because you’re going to find lots of healthy recipes your kids will actually eat!
Salads, Dressings, Pickles, and Dips – 13 pages of tips and recipes. We love every single one of these food items! I really like the recipes for macaroni salad and ranch dressing. My youngest son absolutely loves ranch dressing, and lots of it! So, to find a recipe that I can make myself is awesome!
Meats & Main Dishes – 51 pages of tips and recipes. Under the recipe for roast chicken, is a recipe for a happy marriage, which is just the neatest thing! I also liked the recipe for ham and potatoes.
Cakes, Pies, Candy, Cookies and Desserts – 75 pages of absolute deliciousness (tips and recipes)! Of course I found several recipes in this chapter that I like: zucchini cake, butter creme frosting, chocolate creme frosting, graham cracker crust, apple crumb pie and filling, and honey roasted nuts. Zucchini is often on sale, so it’s great to find a cake recipe to make with it. We love creme frostings, but store bought cake with that frosting is way too expensive, so I was happy to find this frugal recipe that I can make myself. The store doesn’t always carry honey roasted peanuts, so being able to make my own will be fantastic!
Miscellaneous Recipes – 31 pages of tips and recipes. There are lots of different kinds of recipes for common condiments and food items in this chapter. My favorites are for seasonings, tartar sauce, and peanut butter. I never knew you could make any of these things yourself! They all seem easy to do too!
Substitutions and Equivalents – 13 pages. These are substitutions you can use when you find out you don’t have an ingredient, or you run out. This will save you time and money because you won’t have to make a special trip to the store. My favorite substitutions are the healthy substitutions.
Mixes, Gift Baskets and Jars – 29 pages. You can make your own mixes in about 5 minutes! That will definitely save you time and money. It’s easy to just add whatever other ingredients you need to the mixes when you’re ready to use them. There are mixes for drinks, soups, muffins, brownies, cookies, dips, dressings and even funnel cake. You can use these mixes to make gift jars and also gift baskets for different occasions. There’s even recipe notes you can attach to the jar so the receiver knows what to do with the mix.
Kids – 17 pages. This is one of my favorite chapters! If you need something to do with your kids after school, on school vacation, or in the summer, there are plenty of things to do in this chapter. There’s recipes for the easy bake oven (my daughter would’ve loved this when she was younger!), play dough, and even sidewalk chalk. Also, you can make bubbles, clay Christmas ornaments, and tub crayons. There are plenty of recipes, too many to name them all!
Cleaning Cents – 33 pages about how to organize your house and kitchen, like this example:
There are tips about how to organize things and how to re-use items. There’s suggestions of things that kids can do themselves. Boy, do I wish I had that list of suggestions a long time ago! It would’ve saved me a lot of housework! There’s also recipes for various cleaners you can make yourself. I’ve been wanting to try and do this recently because every time I’ve gone to the store to purchase a cleaner that I ran out of, the store doesn’t have it because the company doesn’t make it anymore! So, learning how to make my own cleaner would save me lots of stress, frustration, and of course, money!
Pretty for Pennies – 25 pages of tips and recipes for making your own natural bath and beauty products. Some recipes are for toothpaste, heating pads, leg wax, and lip balms. I know this is becoming really popular right now because people are looking for natural solutions for these products.
Tips Index – This index shows you where in the Dining on a Dime Cookbook you can find great tips like these:
Leftover Index – This index is great for helping you find recipes you can make when you have leftover ingredients. This would be great for when you do a Pantry Challenge/Shop Your Pantry.
Recipe Index – Just like in any cookbook, this index gives you the page number of all the recipes in the book.
So, as you can see, the Dining on a Dime Cookbook has absolutely everything you need to run your household, and still save time and money. It is such a tremendous resource. You have plenty of recipes for cooking, cleaning, entertaining your kids, and for getting beautiful for that date night with your husband. I wish I had this book years ago, when I first got married!
Speaking of getting married, this Dining on a Dime Cookbook would make a perfect bridal shower or wedding present, a gift for a college grad out on their own for the first time, for anyone who wants to get started on frugal living, or basically, it’s great for anyone! You can click here to buy one.
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What do you think would be your favorite part of this cookbook?